‘Cultural Work’ and the Remaking of Planning’s ‘Apparatus of Truth’

Authored by: Andy Inch

The Routledge Handbook of Planning Theory

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138905016
eBook ISBN: 9781315696072
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315696072.ch16

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Abstract

The historical and philosophical works of Michel Foucault have become a central reference point in the development of critical theory. Through a series of hugely influential book-length studies, supplemented by various interviews and lectures, Foucault explored aspects of what he called ‘the history of the present’, critically uncovering how socio-cultural ideas and practices about, for example, madness, punishment or sex are produced within ‘regimes of truth’ – systems of power that define what can and cannot be said, done and considered truthful in different societies at different times. Adapted and applied extraordinarily widely across the human and social sciences, Foucault’s work has opened up productive lines of enquiry and often heated debate about the pervasive ways in which power operates to produce particular forms of knowledge, rationality and subjectivity.

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